The internet has revolutionised the way we live in the last 10-15 years, where would we be without it?
I mean how many times do you have conversations with people who start a conversation with “have you seen XYZ on the internet?” its pretty mega to think that if you need guidance on any topic you can look it up in a matter of seconds and get an answer or you can go online and order groceries at any time day or night and have them delivered to your door without having to leave the house?
The internet has a lot of bad stuff too, like the ability to make late night drunken purchases on eBay, it can also can paint a negative outlook on your life too with some of the things posted via the internet.
But the story/feature today would have never happened if it wasn’t for the internet, in the last 10 years I have made a lot of friends within the car scene and 95% of them have been through the internet and Autrey Mcvicker is no exception.
Back in 2011 I had a trip to Houston planned and while I was stateside I wanted to get some cars together for some feature shoots and to generate some content for Minty.Fresh and my own blog. Houston like many other US cities has a huge car scene which includes a Coffee and Cars meet where car guys will meet up on the first sunday of every month to show off their cars. One night while I was checking out the C & C Facebook page I came across a mega S2k, the feature I did that day can be found here.
At the time Autrey had started his own car part business DWS Parts from his house in Houston and was starting to get busy, he sells some of the hard to come by parts in the US like Buddy Club and Work. We hit it off and when I returned to the UK I posted his feature but still kept in contact every so often to see what was going on.
Fast forward to Dec 2014 and I’m all set for a trip back to the states, this time Dallas. In the time between then and now Autrey’s business had grown from a small parts/part-time outfit in his spare room to a full on job selling parts daily and now occupied an office/warehouse set up on the east side of Dallas, I knew it would be awesome to see what he has been up to since the last time I saw him so we arranged to meet at his shop.
As you can see from the pictures at the beginning of the post the shop is laid out nicely show casing some of the products Autrey sells, the shop serves it purpose as a shop i.e. you can go in a buy parts right out of the shop but 90% of DWS Parts sales are via the internet.
Autrey loves cars, like I have honestly lost count of how many he has owned since the S2k and while I was checking out the shop he showed me the warehouse area that when it isn’t full of ballin parts houses his car collection. At the time of the feature he had the cars in the picture below but since then he has also added a 350Z to the collection (see what I mean lol)
There is one car in the picture that I was there to check out properly, I had seen pictures of it via Facebook and various blogs but seeing it in person made my jaw drop.
Now before we go any further, this Mini isn’t bagged its static the ultimate in mine/Minty.fresh’s opinion laid out cars are the best but when you find out its static aswell it just makes it that bit more special.
Autrey started with a 2005 BMW Mini Cooper S and set out originally as having it as a daily driver but after a few weeks of ownership he decided it could be a good demo for the shop so set about getting it up to the level of modification it is now.
Being a parts dealer Autrey had seen enough parts to know what he wanted and made up his mind pretty quickly.Starting with the interior, it’s a Nardi whores wet dream. Everything is from the Nardi’s wood grain range, it keeps the Minis interior classy.
The OEM boot interior has been ripped out along with the rear seats to house a custom sub enclosure complimented by some matching wood grain trim, these type of ICE installs have faded away from the UK scene but it’s always good to see the work that goes into these types of installs. The front seats have been treated to a retrim in micro suede and an NRG snap off boss fitted to the Nardi wheel finishes off the interior.
Engine wise Autrey added Alta parts including a cold air intake,intercooler shroud,15% pulley and a cat back exhaust system.
On the outside the car sits on Work Seeker CX’s in 16″ x 9″ all round in a decent et15, Yokohama S Drives make sure the car stays connected to the tarmac.
To make the look complete and get car looking as mean as it is now required some custom suspension work, Autrey explained that the car is now pretty much as low as it can go without having to raise the engine block!
BC Racing take care of the lows but in an unconventional custom set up which incorporates E30 BMW shocks, this is where being a BC dealer pays off as Autrey could experiment with the different shocks to find a solid set up without a costly lay out of Dollars.
Megan Camber and Toe arms tie all the suspension together and keep the tyres nice and true, when I did the shoot Autrey said that the tyres don’t scrub all that much on the back even though he runs a pretty aggressive camber set up all round.
With the footwear sorted out the OEM colour wasn’t cutting it so Autrey decided to take advantage of another part of his business DWS Wraps. The colour you see here is a Matte blaze orange metallic vinyl, the colour is awesome in a warehouse but even better in the daylight!
One very unique touch on the car is this small piece of hand drawn artwork by Autreys wife Anna. I’ve shown a lot of people this picture before I wrote this feature and everyone loves it, i love seeing little details like this on cars. What do you guys think?
With the shoot over and done with it was time for me to leave and let Autrey get on with his large amount of orders to ship but before I left I managed to get a close up picture of a steering wheel in the shop that had also been custom painted but Anna, it’s so cool to see stuff like this, it can inspire people to do all kinds of things especially when it’s posted on the internet.
Because the internet I get to meet awesome people,see awesome ideas and learn awesome stuff to help with future builds and the future in general. The internet is pretty cool in my opinion.
Autrey would like to shout out to some of the dudes who have helped on the build:
Khamla with Kustumz Unlimited
Louis with LEAF
Cody Slack of BC Racing
Logan with Work Wheels USA
And of course all his family and crew at DWS Parts http://www.dwsparts.com